COVID-19 Resources

This page was last updated December 2022.

Museums face a number of new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here you will find resources for your museum to cope with these challenges and thrive during these unprecedented times. These pages are organized into resources regarding Staff, Visitor, and Collections & Museum Maintenance. While it is not the same threat it was in the height of 2020, the pandemic is still ongoing and we will address it in the present tense until the CDC declares it is no longer an international concern.

Since the risks of social interaction have changed since 2020, in large part thanks to vaccines, we have revised our COVID-19 section in the Fall of 2022. However, if you would like to see the field’s recommendations as institutions reopened later in 2020, we have archived them here.

Below you will find the most recent information regarding how institutions are operating mid-pandemic.

State Executive Orders — COVID-19 Resources
Current information on state mandates and executive orders issued by Governors.

State Legislation on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
State legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Updates
Recent data and analysis on COVID-19 affecting cultural institutions.

COVID-19 Tracking and Updates by Region


CDC – COVID Data Tracker

By State:

Most state health departments have webpages with frequently updated COVID-19 data and recommendations. This federal government portal lets you select your state and go straight to its health department website.